Alan Shearer has admitted over the weekend that the prospect of Newcastle United captain Michael Owen leaving the club in January or next summer, is a scary thought.
Alan Shearer – Owen leaving Magpies is a scary thought
Owen scored two brilliant opportunist goals in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke, and that should have been enough to get our first home win since we took Aston Villa apart 2-0 on 3rd November. 😀
And of course as we all know, Michael is in the final season of his four year contract at St. James’ Park. He’s in the same boat as another six Newcastle players – Nicky Butt, Shola Ameobi, Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Mark Viduka and David Edgar – whose contracts run out in the summer.
A little nudge to the Newcastle Board – Wakey! Wakey!
We can see only Cacapa and Edgar being allowed to leave the club in January, although in terms of cover it’s probably best to keep them all through the summer, because our squad is just too small.
The £17M striker will be free to talk to other clubs from next month of course, and lots of clubs will come in for him, make no mistake about that.
Reports that he’s past it are just not true, and as we saw on Saturday there’s lots more goals to come from Michael over the next few seasons, if only he can keep fit.
Michael will be free agent in the summer, and we have no idea if Michael is thinking of moving away from Tyneside. Shearer’s comments were widely reported in the press yesterday.
Shearer told BBC Match of the Day on Saturday night:
“His contract runs out at the end of the season and he can sign for someone in January, although he can’t play for them.”
“I think it’s a scary thought to be honest, their best player in that precarious position.”
Alan is close to Michael, and he will know better than most, what Michael is really thinking, so if Alan is getting a little worried it may not point to good news on the horizon.
However, from what Michael has said, it seems he is willing to stay at the club, and let’s give him a little credit.
Since the summer the management of the club at the Board level has been an absolute disaster, and it would be hard to blame any of our players if they just wanted to get out – as soon as possible.
At least Michael doesn’t seem to be on that track – we hope so anyway.